How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? Allotments are part of communities and also communities in and of themselves. They can be very supportive and social spaces where simple human activities such as chatting to people and helping each other to grow food occur. These activities and their impact on general wellbeing and community cohesiveness should not be under-estimated. To some extent these community benefits occur naturally without needing to be 'over-engineered'. Providing a bit of land, a few common sense rules to ensure anarchy doesn't prevail, and then allowing people of all ages, genders and backgrounds to come together in a peaceful green environment can create real community benefit. Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? Many of the aspects in the place standard can be provided for communities by encouraging allotments. Local government has a role in providing land. The community empowerment act and the secondary legislation if applied by local government will help a lot. Research evidence on how far the legislation is being applied by local government to accrue the benefits allotments to communities.
Growing things, being out in the open air, companionship and community all help to give lives emotional security and health.
Exercise is not something everyone likes to do but we all benefit from it. Likewise not all residents have a garden. Allotments manage to combine the two, as well as easing the cost of feeding you and yours.
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